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Articles Published in February, 2016

Santa Clara County Public Defender Voices Strong Opposition to the "Crime Free Multi-Housing Initiative"

In a letter sent to San Jose Mayor Liccardo, the Santa Clara County Public Defender Molly O'Neal memorialized her office's strong opposition to the controversial Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, which would allow tenants to be evicted if they, or a guest, is identified as having engaged in any illegal activity. In the letter, featured below, she writes that the program is, "out of line with recent criminal justice reforms designed to help formerly incarcerated individuals reenter the workforce, turn around their lives, and ultimately step out of the revolving door of incarceration." The recommendations from the Housing Department and SJPD about this program will be heard by the City's Housing & Community Development Commission Meeting on Feb 11th & March 10th with an opportunity for public comment.

A Glimpse into the Underground World of Selling Sex at Super Bowl 50

An account of how one young sex worker is navigating the underground industry and how she's preparing for Super Bowl 50.

My Mixed Emotions About San Jose Hosting Super Bowl 50

As a football fan, an artist, an advocate for San Jose's cultural scene, Demone Carter wonders why the city's effort to create engaging public spaces is only created for the guests of Super Bowl 50.

Storytelling to Uplift Others

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week there was a serendipitous dance remembering the King of Pop and we can learn a simple technique to increase our own wellbeing.

San Jose Ramping Up Efforts for Citizenship

With an election year upon us, the Bay Area, and San Jose in particular, is aiming to eliminate the barriers eligible legal permanent residents face to become U.S. citizens and enjoy exercising their rights and benefits that come with citizenship. From Gilroy to Napa there are free workshops on a monthly basis to guide people every step of the way and help demystify the citizenship process that is no longer something that takes years but can be a reality in about 6 months.

One Year Later, Phillip Watkins Deserved to Live

On the one year anniversary of when 23-year-old Phillip Watkin's life was cut short by two San Jose Police officers, his mother Sharon speaks about that day, the lonely road that follows, and how she is standing together with other families to organize, heal, and stop police brutality.

Interaction Benefits the Heart, Strengthens the Mind

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace had the pleasure of igniting the joy and curiosity of children, and reminds us that we are creatures who thrive with contact.

Ten Best Hip Hop Love Songs

This Valentine's Day, check out which songs Demone Carter writes are the best hip hop love songs of all time, based on a criteria of 1) not being overtly misogynistic, 2) dealing with love and not break ups, and 3) not overly sappy. And tell us if he missed any and why!

The Degrading Experience of Trying to Rent in Silicon Valley

With the entire Bay Area facing a housing crisis, more and more people like writer Cynthia Cruz are struggling to find a place to call home. Cruz is a mother, just received her masters degree and has a full time job. The only thing she has found in her search for a home in the very place where she grew up is a degrading and dehumanizing experience.

They Tried to Make Me a Murderer

After watching "Making a Murderer," the acclaimed Netflix documentary series, Ramon Vasquez knew exactly what was happening as he watched detectives build their case around Steven Avery. In 2008, Vasquez sat in San Jose's main jail for months after being arrested for a murder he did not commit. From personal experience, he says the elements that cause wrongful arrest and convictions hightlighted in Making a Murderer, is more common than the public acknowledges.
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